~ SERVICE OF WORD & SACRAMENT ~

August 01, 2021

Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

 

This service includes the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

If you wish to partake, please take a moment before viewing the service to prepare

a small piece of bread or cracker and a small cup of juice or wine. 

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Holy God, you are always turning the world upside down, calling us to follow you into new ventures, new challenges, new ways to care, new ways to touch the hearts of all. When we get tired, or feel disappointed, remind us that you can bring change and hope out of the most difficult situations, so that we may do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with you always.  Amen.                                  

From “Worship Ways” UCC.org

 

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PRELUDE MUSIC

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP 

     Pastor:   Jesus, teacher, your teaching surprises us!

     People: Not the world’s wisdom, but God’s.

     Pastor:   You move us with sorrow for the sorrow of the world.

     People: And make us strong through our tears. 

     Pastor:   You offer us humility to admit our failures.

     People: And plant seeds of hope in the ashes.  

     Pastor:   You make us hungry for justice.

     People: And give us food that lasts.  

     Pastor:   You invite us to practice what we preach.

     People: And offer joy in that challenge.  

     Pastor:   You support us in standing firm for truth, even when it costs.

     People: And promise the truth will make us free.  

From “Worship Ways” UCC.org

 

 GATHERING HYMN                                                           

“Glorious Things Of You Are Spoken”

Glorious things of you are spoken,
Zion, city of our God;
One whose word cannot be broken
Formed you for a blessed abode.
On the Rock of Ages founded,
What can shake your sure repose?
With salvation's walls surrounded,
You may smile at all your foes.

 

'Round each habitation hov'ring,
See the cloud and fire appear
For a glory and a cov'ring,
Showing that their God is near!
Thus deriving from their banner
Light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna
Which God gives them when they pray.

 

Savior, if of Zion's city
We through grace a part may claim,
Let the world deride or pity,
We will glory in your name;
Fading is all worldly pleasure,
All earth's boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasures
None but Zion's children know.

AUSTRIAN HYMN

John Newton, 1779 // Franz Joseph Haydn, 1797

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

 

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

     Pastor:  The world’s wisdom surrounds us:

     People: Look after number one…(pause after each)

                    Get them before they get you…

                    Better safe than sorry…

                    What’s someone else’s problems got to do with me?...

                    Only the strong survive…

                    Money makes the world go ‘round…

                    Revenge is sweet…

                    Avoid pain at all costs…

     Pastor:  May God forgive us when we, as Christ’s own people, believe these words to be life-giving when Jesus has shown us a better way.

From “Worship Ways” UCC.org

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD'S FORGIVENESS 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.

GLORIA PATRI

Henry W. Creatorex, 1851

 

FIRST READING

Ephesians 4: 1-7, 11-16

Unity In The Body Of Christ

 

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

 

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

 

GOSPEL READING

John 6: 24-35

The Bread Of Life

 

So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which[a] comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

         

HYMN

“Breathe On Me, Breath Of God"

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew

that I may love the way you love and do what you would do.

Breathe on me, Breath of god, until my heart is pure,

Until with you I will one will, to do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God, stir in me one desire:

That every earthly part of me may glow with holy fire.

Breathe on me, Breath of God, so shall I never die,

But live with you the perfect life of your eternity.

TRENTHAM

Edwin Hatch, 1886 / Robert Jackson, 1894

TEACHING TIME

CHANCEL CHOIR ANTHEM

"Raise Your Hands"

Heather Sorenson

 

MORNING PRAYERS

OFFERING

     Invitation

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

OLD HUNDREDTH

Thomas Ken, 1674 / Louis Bourgeois, 1551

     Prayer Of Dedication

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

Pastor: Luke the evangelist wrote of our risen Savior, who at the table with two of the disciples took bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them.  Their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Christ in the breaking of the bread.

People: In company with all believers, in every time and beyond time, we come to this table to know Christ in the breaking of the bread.

 

COMMUNION PRAYER

Pastor:   God be with you.

People: And also with you.

Pastor:   Lift up your hearts.

People:  We lift them to God.

Pastor:   Let us give thanks to God most High.

People: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Pastor:   In our times of victory or vulnerability, there are seats for us all . . . At the table of Christ, we renew our energy.

                        Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. The Abington Worship Annual 2021 (pp. 160-161)

Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

 

Response: “Holy Holy Holy”

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full, are full

Of the majesty of thy glory.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest!

SERAPHIC HYMN

Alonzo P. Howard, 1838-1902

          

WORDS OF INSTITUTION & LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

 

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION

 

BREAKING OF THE BREAD & POURING OF THE WINE

 

SHARING OF THE ELEMENTS

                                    

UNISON PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING 

We thank you, God, for inviting us to this table where we have known the presence of your son Jesus Christ.  Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and in peace, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen!


PARTING HYMN

“I Come With Joy” 

 

I come with joy, a child of God,
Forgiven, loved and free, the life of Jesus to recall,
In love laid down for me, in love laid down for me.

 

I come with Christians far and near
To find, as all are fed, the new community of love
In Christ's communion bread, in Christ’s communion bread.

 

As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share,
Each proud division ends. The love that made us, makes us one,

And strangers now are friends, and strangers now are friends.

 

And thus we meet, and better know

the Presence ever near, and join our hearts and sing with joy

That Christ is risen here, that Christ is risen here. 

 

Together met, together bound
in friendship we will stay, and go with joy to love the world

And live the way we pray, and live the way we pray.

DOVE OF PEACE

Brian Wren, 1968 / Austin  Lovelace, 1977

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

Wednesday, August 04

6:00PM – Fundraising Team

Sunday, August 08

9:00AM - Worship Service @ St. John's UCC

10:30AM - Worship Service @ St. Mark's UCC

Tuesday, August 10

6:00PM - Spiritual Council

Sunday, August 15

9:00AM - Worship Service @ St. John's UCC

10:30AM - Worship Service @ St. Mark's UCC

Sunday, August 15

10:00AM - Outdoor Worship Service with St. Mark's UCC

Island Park Pavilion

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

The 2021 Gift & Basket Raffle will be a part of this year's Schuylkill Haven Borough Day on Saturday, September 25! This is a great opportunity to support your church by donating cash, gift cards, or other gift items and baskets for the raffle. There will also be a special preview night on Friday, September 24 from 6-8PM. Lets work together to make this year's Gift & Basket Raffle a fun event that supports the ministries of Saint John's Church! If you have any questions or are interested in helping, please contact Ann Rich or Mickey Casey.